Bosvigo Gardens
The Vean Garden at Bosvigo
A variety of garden areas surround a Georgian house on the outskirts of Truro. A walled garden, Victorian conservatory, topiary, a woodland walk, and several themed colour gardens add interest throughout the growing season. Bosvigo bills itself as Cornwall's Best Kept Secret, and when it coms to gardens that may be true.
The Hot Garden is themed to provide red blossoming plants for a burst of sultry colour in August, while the Pink and Grey garden provides a more soothing environment to relax in.

The Vean Garden is linked to a small second property attached to the main house. This garden is divided by gravelled paths into sections planted in white, gold, and blue colour schemes, augmented by topiary of carefully clipped golden privet.

The Walled Garden is a recent addition, created with stone salvaged when a wing of the house was demolished in 1979. The Walled Garden is planted in a purple, blue, and pink colour scheme with campanulas, old-fashioned roses, geraniums and Asters, creating lush colour from mid-summer to the end of September.

Attached to the formal gardens is an area of woodland, where trails wind through beech and sycamore woodland. Snowdrops abound in spring, with wood anemones, scented narcissus, and hellebores creating extra colour amid the greenery.

The House

The history of Bosvigo House goes back to the 12th century. The name means simply 'House of Vigo'. The oldest part of the house began as a medieval farmhouse, extended around 1600 with a 2 storey cob extension, with two wings added in 1780. The house was altered again in the Victorian period with a conservatory, a new staircase, and salon.

Hellebores are a speciality of Bosvigo gardens. Most are raised from seed, from hand-pollinated parents, so no two hellebores will be exactly the same colour. Each year in February Bosvigo hosts a special Hellebore Day. Proceeds from the garden admission ad plant sales go to a local charity. Come early, because the event is extremely popular!

The gardens are usually open to the public from May through September. See the official website for specific days and times.